Spark is about getting young people involved in giving back to advance gender equality. Nothing is more inspiring to us than learning from the women leading the movement through their philanthropy and business acumen. Our 2018 Black & Pink Ball Honorary Host, Suzanne Lerner, epitomizes our ideals. Suzanne has been giving and leading for many decades, well before she had the resources to amplify her impact.
The Catwalk for charity “Agent of change” is embodied by one who deeply wants to make a difference, through uplifting impoverished children and providing them with access to quality education in an inspiring way. Agents of chanfe ead lives of service and work for those less fortunate, to make the world a better place.
These agents are change the face of philanthropy. The have traveled to Haiti, have met families and children in need and generously contribute time and resources to a worthy cause of literacy promoting women entrepreneurs in a country in dire need.
From T-Shirts to Luxury Brand:
Interview with Suzanne Lerner
Starting with just screen-printed tees, Michael Stars has evolved into a luxury brand of women's and men's apparel and accessories.
Children Mending Hearts' 10th annual fundraiser, Empathy Rocks, transformed the Walton-Laurie Estate into a fairground with candy stations and arts and crafts tables. Founded by Lysa Heslov, the organization was created to teach children empathy through the arts.
Suzanne took her dreams and ran with them and today runs the luxury essentials brand while also dedicating her time to philanthropy and activism.
Suzanne Lerner has been nominated as this year’s recipient of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) Fashion Pioneer Award on November 17, 2017 at the United Nations. She has been recognized for her incredible achievements and game changing global impact, specifically as a visionary pioneer towards female entrepreneurs and designers. Suzanne will join Goldie Hawn, Bobbi Brown and other distributed speakers on this day dedicated to empowering women in business.
This summer, Michael Stars and FabFitFun partnered up to release a limited edition ruana collection in support of Joyful Heart Foundation. 25% of each piece sold supports Joyful Heart’s mission to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Get behind the scenes with Michael Stars’ co-founder Suzanne Lerner to find out why this partnership was a perfect fit.
Calling all women leaders! Join the Mount Saint Mary’s University Women's Leadership Conference on September 16 and hear Suzanne Lerner speak on 'The Legacy We Leave: Shaping Our World for Those Who Come Next'.
"Every one of us must live as models to others. Honored as a Woman of Vision by Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation, Suzanne Lerner has been recognized many times over for her lifetime commitment and achievemetns furthering the agenda and rights of women worldwide."
Making a tribute to late co-founder Michael Cohen, the LA-based brand Michael Stars is reviving its very first collection of T-shirts.
Michael Stars President, Suzanne Lerner, spearheads the Project For Women's social revolution, The Power of One, a series dedicated to influential leaders who take small steps to ignite big changes within their community, outside communities, and the world at large.
Southern California Apparel Awards 2015 -
Social Responsibility Award Honoree
Michael Stars' President and Co-Founder, Suzanne Lerner, gives an acceptance speech for the Woman of Vision Award at the 2015 Ms. Foundation Gala on Monday, May 11th, 2015 at Pierre Hotel, NYC.
Women Moving Millions member, Suzanne Lerner, is committed to inspiring women to be fearless and confident change-makers. Its her mission to amplify the voices of women worldwide.
A guide from California's most influential. Suzanne Lerner gives the scoop on where to go, what to eat, and what to see on the first go around.
After 30 years in business, Suzanne Lerner steps into the role of President of contemporary clothing label Michael Stars.
Finding a Passion for Empowering Women: A Q&A with Michael Stars Co-founder Suzanne Lerner